Joseph Mallord William Turner

La Coupée, Sark Island

?1832

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23637
Turner Bequest CCLII 62

Catalogue entry

Inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated, the drawing on this page records the point at which Little Sark is joined to the main island by an extremely high and narrow isthmus called La Coupée. 1 The footpath over this dangerous formation can be seen winding up in a diagonal across the page from the bottom left-hand corner. A low sun is indicated by a circle drawn into the top right-hand corner. This geological eminence features frequently in the sketchbook; for a full listing of these drawings, see folio 56 recto (D23625; Turner Bequest CCLII 56).

John Chu
April 2014

1
J.T. Cochrane, A Guide to the Island of Guernsey, St Peter Port 1826, p.141.

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